Google Fit

By Jonah Comstock March 16, 2018
Yesterday, Google announced in a blog post that Android Wear was changing its name to Wear OS, a rebranding designed to reflect the fact that one in three Android Wear users also uses an iPhone. The company hopes to make it more obvious that devices running the wearable operating system are compatible with Apple devices as well, something which has been the case since 2015. "As our technology and...
By Heather Mack March 28, 2017
Consistency and dedication may the hallmarks of success for fitness, but that doesn’t mean the apps to support exercise or diet need to be narrow in their focus. Operating on the idea that consumers want flexibility in how they pursue their health goals, Adidas has released a new app that offers a wide variety of content and tracking for multiple aspects of health.    All Day, which is now...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2017
Google Fit, the company’s health and fitness platform that launched in 2014 as an Apple Health competitor, is headed in the same direction as the rest of the tracking app industry: collecting more data on users and serving it back to them as personalized insights. Head of health and fitness apps for Google Play Mary Liz McCurdy spoke on a panel at SXSW this week about that trend.  "Now everyone...
By Heather Mack October 28, 2016
Mountain View, California-based AliveCor, which makes an FDA-cleared mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) device and companion app collectively called Kardia Mobile, has released new features that make it easier to integrate weight, activity, and blood pressure readings via Apple Health or Google Fit. The added features built on Kardia Mobile’s existing monitoring capabilities for atrial fibrillation,...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2016
We wrote last week that, at Babyforyou.net.ua 2016, Duke Director of Mobile Strategy Dr. Ricky Bloomfield brought breaking news from WWDC that Apple would soon add HealthKit support for the HL7 Continuity of Care Document to iOS 10. But that tidbit, exciting as it was, was only a small part of Bloomfield’s talk, in which he shared some early anecdotes and triumphs from Duke’s early forays into both...
By Brian Dolan May 25, 2016
Smartwatch maker Pebble, one of the first companies to popularize the modern smartwatch concept, has launched a new device, called Pebble Core, that specifically targets runners. Unlike Pebble's other devices, Core is not a wristworn device, but a "a tiny little Android phone without a screen" that runners can clip-on or stick in their pocket, Pebble CEO and co-founder Eric Migicovsky told...
By Aditi Pai February 1, 2016
Google announced that after April 30th, one of its activity tracking apps, called My Tracks, will no longer be available. The company explained that it was a tough decision to shutter the app, but Google wants to invest time in “other, more wide-reaching, mapping projects”. Unlike many other fitness tracking apps available today, Google's My Tracks was squarely focused on the mapping side of...
By Aditi Pai September 3, 2015
Soon after Google announced that it released an iOS app, called Android Wear, which allows users to connect certain Android Wear smartwatches with iPhones, a report from Buzzfeed found that fitness data from these devices would not be shareable via HealthKit with Apple's Health app. Instead, the app will send the information back to Google Fit. The report also noted that users who want to sync...
By Jonah Comstock July 8, 2015
At the end of 2013 Babyforyou.net.ua published a long post called "Checking up on Dr. Google: How the search giant has tackled health and wellness" that looked at the history of Google's health moves, going all the way back to 2008 with Google Flu Trends and the failed Google Health PHR. Since we wrote that post, the company has launched nearly as many new health-related initiatives as it had in the...
By Jonah Comstock May 28, 2015
Gamified medication adherence app maker Mango Health is moving beyond medications, using a new Google Fit integration to add tracking of blood pressure and weight, as well as activity tracking, into its app, the company announced today. "From a patient or consumer’s perspective in the app, it leverages the existing paradigm around reminders, which we think is a very effective way to begin...

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